Here’s a cool way to give your body what it needs: Toss a few specific, nutrient-dense ingredients in a blender, press “high,” pour into a glass, and drink up. Bona fide smoothies, that flower child of the early health food movement, are a far cry from today’s heavily sweetened concoctions that certain coffee shops have popularized. Resurrect the original smoothie concept—and stay satisfied for hours—using rediscovered “superfoods” like antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, libido-enhancing maca, and protein- and omega-laden chia or hemp seeds.
“A well-made smoothie that’s balanced and doesn’t have too much fruit can be a meal replacement,” says Lisa Odenweller, founder and CEO of bBar, an organic juice and smoothie haven in Del Mar, California. “Using highly nutritious fruits and vegetables with fiber will sustain you more than a juice will, although both are great for you.” Enjoy her vegan, condition-specific smoothies—and one disgestion-soothing juice.